What I wish I’d learned in library school.
Is there a topic closer to librarians’ hearts? However, it’s not unique to librarians – ask any professional in any job from journalism to veterinary science and you will find most have something to say about the value of on-the-job learning over theoretical training.
The way you become a librarian varies from country to country but usually involves some sort of formal education (a diploma, undergraduate or masters degree), often before you start working in libraries.
“What I wish I’d learned”, or a variation of it, has been popular on library blogs for many years. From a 2008 rant by the Annoyed Librarian about office politics (rebutted nicely on the ACRL blog with a list of things that the author had learned in library school) to an offering about the need for library instructional training from earlier this year, there is no shortage of material on this subject.
For the next two weeks, we’d like you to consider (and share with your partner):
- What sort of library training have you had? Maybe you’ve learned everything on the job and don’t have any formal training. If that’s the case, do you wish you had formal training?
- How well do you feel that training prepared you for your first library job? What about your most recent library job?
- Do you find yourself drawing on your theoretical knowledge at work?
- If you could recommend one thing to a new LIS student as a ‘must learn’, what would that be?
We will be exploring the area of LIS education during this topic and will hear from current LIS students as well. There’s also a twitter chat on this topic coming up during the next 2 weeks, so plenty of opportunities to have your say!
As always, if you would like to join in the conversation, you can leave comments below or follow us on facebook or twitter (use hashtag #interlibnet so we can find and track your comments).